We’re the ones causing the problem, so maybe there are biological fixes that could make humanity consume fewer resources. Academics have some ideas, but the ethics are troubling. Are you ready for your government-mandated meat patch?
Stanford scientist Ken Caldeira is busy working out models for a system to pump the atmosphere so full of sulfur that it cools the planet. It could have disastrous consequences—but would they be worse than total planetary destruction?
So much for our vision of cloud-spraying ships scattered in oceans around the globe. Future research into geoengineering, or the deliberate manipulation of the Earth's climate, has been banned by the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity.